Economic Development To Be Focus In May

CanDo! will feature economic development in the region for its May monthly program.  A panel of speakers will discuss local and regional economic vitality at the Charlotte Community Library at 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 22.

Panel speakers include Lisa Barna, Executive Director of CharlotteRising; Adam Cummins, Community Assistance Team for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Rachel Elsinga, Economic Development Program Manager for the Tri County Planning Commission.

While there are many projects and initiatives underway, the strategic conversations of CanDo! panels are “one level up” from any one project or program.  At this month’s meeting, we will discuss what is happening in Charlotte, what has been accomplished in the past and what opportunities await our community in the future.

“The May program will be of great importance, given the tremendous momentum in Charlotte,” said Yvonne Ridge, MPA, CanDo! President. “Charlotte is moving forward with a collaborative force unique to our community and local leaders have made great strides in connecting regionally.”

Each month, CanDo! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity. Each time, the four pillars of CanDo! Come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.

The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S Bostwick St., in Charlotte, Michigan. Coffee and a light breakfast will provided at no cost.